Urban Meyer weighed in publicly for the first time about the potential of his players protesting the national anthem.
Meyer, at his Monday press conference, said he “respects the rights of his players as citizens” to protest, if they choose. Meyer added he has not heard from any players about plans to protest.
“We’ve addressed it with some of the issues going across this country this summer,” Meyer said. “Some players and a couple of our coaches spoke. We certainly respect their rights as a citizen. This is a great country. That has not come up to me, and, if it does, we’ll have a chat about it.”
Ohio State was off last weekend. The Buckeyes open Big Ten play against Rutgers at noon Saturday.